604 – Saturday 21st January 2017: Alfama and a Family Meeting
We planned to park in Alfama in the hire car BUT thank goodness we were not in Jez – we’d have got well and truly stuck. After a few about turns and re-routings we ended up parking a little distance away.
We walked seriously up hill to a couple of viewpoints and past the cathedral (Se in Portuguese) – it was only a 2* in Alison’s guide book, and I’m surprised it made a single star … really nothing to recommend it. We wandered into the Saturday Thieves Market …. bric a brac and crafts, but our time was limited as we had a major date … J’s sister Delia was in Lisbon with most (3 ) of husband Liam’s siblings and we were lunching together They meet up annually and P and D travel from Canada. A fantastic quality lunch and good craic!
Alfama is the district that the wealthy left as it was too rough, and is now one of the trendy spots … really narrow alleys with washing lines and lots of stairs. We worked off the lunch climbing up to Castelo de Sao Jorge. The guide books told us that the best views of Lisbon were from here, and they did not lie. We watched the sun go down over the 25th April Bridge. Would this have been another lovely day!
An excellent lunch.
Castello de Sao Jorge and a bit of Alfama.